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‘Take Two’ Review – A Fun and Promising New Romantic Crime Series

Take Two Review - A Fun and Promising New Romantic Crime Series
TAKE TWO – ABC’s “Take Two” stars Eddie Cibrian as Eddie, and Rachel Bilson as Sam. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

TAKE TWO REVIEW

From the creators of Castle, Take Two is the enjoyable new ABC series about an actress and a P.I. who solve crimes together. It’s a fun mashup of the crime procedural, cozy mystery, and romantic comedy genres and should be on your radar if you love Castle, Hart of Dixie, Moonlight, or Romantic Crime Fiction.

ABOUT

The series tells the story of Sam (Rachel Bilson), an actress who’s in need of redemption after a humiliating series of events sent her to rehab. With a potential role as a P.I in her reach, she teams up with a real private investigator (Eddie Cibrian) to learn about the job. Soon, she discovers from her years of working on a police procedural series and studying human behavior, that she’s actually pretty good at solving crimes. And much to the roguish Eddie’s dismay, the two of them make a good team.

REVIEW

While there’s nothing especially original about Take Two, the show accomplishes what it sets out to do: entertain. The writers understand the romantic crime genre and their targeted audience and don’t take themselves too seriously. So, it’s a light, breezy series with the potential for romance. Though after episode one, it’s unclear if this will be like the unabashedly romantic Moonlight without the vampires or the long drawn out romance between Mulder and Scully. I’m hoping it’s like the former as sometimes the “will they, won’t they” can get tiresome if dragged out too long.

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Besides the romance angle, the strongest aspects of the show are the humor and Rachel Bilson’s likability. Fans of Hart of Dixie should appreciate her performance! And, although I like Eddie Cibrian in the role, somehow, it’s hard not to make comparisons to actors who’ve played the romantic P.I in series that came before. However, while’s he’s not as charming as Alex O’Loughlin or David Boreanaz or even Benedict Cumberbatch, he’s still good. Plus, Cibrian and Bilson have believable chemistry to make the “possible” romance authentic.

As far as the rest of the cast, the pilot only gives the other characters minimal screen time, so we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out. But, so far, the Medical Examiner, Mick English (played by the fabulous Jordan Gavaris of Orphan Black fame) has the most potential as a character – mostly due to Gavaris’ scene-stealing ability. But I’m interested in how the rest of the team will work in future episodes as everyone seems capable to pull off a memorable cast that will draw in a loyal fanbase. There’s Aliyah O Brien as Detective Rollins, Alice Lee as Sam’s assistant and agent who comes in episode 2, and Xavier De Guzman as Eddie’s “sidekick.”

OVERALL

Overall, if you judge the series on the procedural element, it’s mediocre. But if you go in for the characters, the entertainment factor, and the possible romance, the series succeeds with the potential to improve. Sure, there’s some cliché dialogue, it’s derivative of Castle, and the mystery of the week isn’t fabulous (though neither were the mysteries on Bones or Castle), but the show has a lot of promise – especially if it focuses on the characters, romance-novel-like scenes, and humor rather than over-relying on the procedural element. Not to mention, it’s amusing to watch and the perfect light-hearted show for the summer. Overall, if you enjoy “will they, won’t they” crime-solving duos or romantic cozy mysteries, then you’ll probably enjoy this fun new summer series.

Where to Watch: The show airs on Thursdays on ABC. You can also watch the series on Hulu.

Content Note: Rated TV-PG

Did you watch Take Two? What are your thoughts on this new series? Let me know in the comments!

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By on June 25th, 2018

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She loved doing Shirley Temple impersonations and creating plays with her siblings. Amber did cheerleading, dance, wrote stories, and ultimately discovered her passion for writing and video editing. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are to publish books, write and produce movies, travel around the world, and form a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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2 thoughts on “‘Take Two’ Review – A Fun and Promising New Romantic Crime Series”

  1. I thought the pilot was fun, but I feel like it borrows too much from “Castle.” I mean, I adore “Castle,” but I wanted a little bit “more” from this one. That said, since I do love a good entertaining show, I’ll definitely watch more of this one – and my rule is always give a show 3-5 episodes before a viewer writes it off or sticks with it. 😉

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    • Yeah, it’s definitely a fun show! I watched the second episode and I do like the casting decisions and the setup. The procedural mystery of the week is the weakest part of the series, for sure! I don’t really have an issue with the Castle similarities though. As many of these types of shows are similar to each other. And it’s the same writers. But they could definitely work on the mystery – which was the weakest part of Castle as well. Still, a fun show. I’ll keep watching for now. 🙂 I enjoy P.I. shows with romance!

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